Catholic Prayers for the New Evangelization

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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Preparing for LENT

Dear Friends in Christ,


As we enter into this Holy Season of Lent, I invite you to watch the special YouTube video I produced on the meaning of the Season of Lent and some of what we do as Catholics to observe this special season.  Visit youtube.com and search for my channel: FRMJA07.  Sorry  I could not upload it here.  :-(



I also encourage you to enrich your Lenten journey by reading Surrender by Father Larry Richards, a priest of the Diocese of Erie.  It is a fantastic book on the power of surrendering your life to God and learning to live in a deep and fruitful relationship with Him.  I read it and have been changed for the better by reading it.  Please give it some time in these holy 40 days. 





Lent is characterized by three traditional observances: prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  It is good for us to prayerfully discern how the Lord wants to deepen our experience of Himself during Lent by spending more time with Him in prayer, making a sacrifice of giving up something we enjoy or taking on a new spiritual or healthy discipline, and giving our resources (especially those we save by not indulging in favorite things) to those less fortunate. 





Whatever you do for this Lent, make it a good one by focusing more on God and others and less on yourself.  This is how we become more like Jesus, who gave His life away for us.


May God truly bless you with a holy Lent and bring you to Easter joy with minds and hearts renewed!




With love in Jesus and Mary,
Father Matthew


 





1 comment:

Katherine Donaldson said...

Great video on the Lenten Season! May we grow closer to God during this time...